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Happy BIrthday Ayn Rand - Why You Are Still Misunderstood
Submitted by seymourblogger on Thu, 2012-02-02 21:08
I think it's the intellectual quality of her supporters that continually force a misunderstanding of Rand. Just as Stephenie Meyer's Twilight is misunderstood because of the mass hysteria of hard core twifans. To use just 2 examples. There are many more.
Sufi saying: If you hang around with crows, you don't get to hear the nightingales.
We know that Peikoff has kept Rand's Objectivism enclosed in a closed system. Others have not and have advocated for it to be an open system to allow for change and growth.
My reading of that is: open it up for spinning.
Sciabarra's very fine book, and well written as well as well thought, The Russian Radical,
Peikoff's existential choice has been courageous. It may be wrong but it is brave.
In this Rand is following Nietzsche. No one of any major importance has tried to spin Nietzsche. He never formalized his philosophical thought because he already knew that when you do you invite the vultures in.
"I do not want to be a flyswatter," said Nietzsche. Well Rand understood him perfectly on that. What she missed was his warning, "Beware of disciples!"
If you do not formalize your work then you cannot be misinterpreted. A school of thought cannot be set up to teach it. You have in one move escaped the Dominating Discourse of the dialectic. And in doing that Nietzsche taught us how to escape also.
My mathematician friend once said to me, "If they tried to teach children how to talk, half of them would never learn."
Nietzsche has been misunderstood for over 100 years now. He is just coming into the sun. Rand's shadow is following him. It is her fiction following Nietzsche, that ensures her greatness, not the formalized Objectivism.
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